What does the dataserv.exe file do?
The dataserv.exe process is also known as PowerChute Data Service and is a part of PowerChute Personal Edition. This software is produced by Schneider Electric (www.schneider-electric.com). An obsolete or defective version of dataserv.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- PowerChute Data service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- PowerChute Data service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- dataserv.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dataserv.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dataserv.exe PowerChute Data service
dataserv.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Dataserv.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 21,880 bytes.
It is the service "APC Data".
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. dataserv.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 17% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves dataserv.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about dataserv?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall PowerChute Personal Edition
To remove PowerChute Data service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate PowerChute Personal Edition in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if dataserv.exe (PowerChute Data service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of PowerChute Data service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for PowerChute Data service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or dataserv.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.